2007
10.24

Sarah sat in the aisle seat, petrified of the upcoming flight. A fifteen minute delay was the beginning of her first voyage, not a good start. A large rain storm with potential hail in Boston was delaying them, while a continuous mist of rain fell at the Chicago airport.

“Everything is going to be fine, calm down.”

Sarah glanced over at her friend and flying buddy. ”Everything is going to be fine,” says the girl whose last flight was canceled because of mechanical failure, she thought, but managed a nod and a smile. The last thing they needed was for security to pull them off of the plane because she was having a panic attack.

Twenty minutes after the scheduled departure time, the plane was finally headed for the runway as the flight attendant ran through the basic “how to not die if we crash” speech. Sarah highly doubted that the floating seat was going to do them a lot of good if they crashed in the middle of a corn field, but she listened carefully.

The ascent came shortly after.

“Don’t look down when we take off; you won’t be able to handle it.”

The clouds were bright white and fluffy against the blue sky, but the distance to the ground was far too great for Sarah to cope with. Her stomach began to do flips, and she quickly faced the front of the plane again.

A ginger ale served on ice with a side of mini pretzels helped calm her stomach, at least until the landing. The sudden drop in altitude caused her to double over and pray that her lunch, a Subway Club sandwich, did not return for seconds.

When the rollercoaster ride finally came to an end, Sarah hurried to pick up her suitcase – which was easy to spot as it was the only bright green suitcase in the lot. She turned to locate her flying buddy again. Her love caught her eye instead, and she smiled.

“How was your flight?” he asked as he pulled her close for the first time in months. He knew how badly she hated heights, but the flight was well worth the feeling of being in his arms again.

“Wonderful.”

  1. I have never been with a plane. I’m scared as well as Sarah.

  2. I thought about flying many a times. I’m still terrified to fly. I’d consider it though.

    Yay for Sarah!

  3. Never been on a plane, but I bet I’d be freaking out!

    As for the punishment for the computer [on her website] John, I find that because technology has played such a large part on my life so far, when my parents take away my computer, I basically lose all contact with my friends, the media etc. Though it used to be a luxury in my life, I’ve become so accustomed to it that it’s almost part of a daily routine.

    Thanks for the comment!

  4. I love to fly, I hate heights but I love to fly. Its a good piece.

  5. I’m not afraid of flights (hell, I’m flying this weekend) cause I’m used to it, but I can imagine it just has to be so scary for people not used to the take off and landing. Good writing, I like how you described her emotions.

  6. [quote comment=”20135″]I love to fly, I hate heights but I love to fly. Its a good piece.[/quote]

    I’m pretty much the same way. My fear of heights isn’t as bad as it used to be but I’m still pretty frightened.